Good Housekeeping 2016 Board Game Winner!

XTRONAUT® :the game of solar system exploration.

  • Good Housekeeping Award Winning Exciting Space STEM Game
  • Designed by Professor leading major NASA OSIRIS-REx Space Mission to Asteroid
  • Real Space and Rocket Science and Engineering — Kickstarter Winner
  • Full Color Rule Book and STEM Education Workbook — Have Fun and Learn!
  • Great for 2-4 Players, Ages 7 and Up


Product Description

Good Housekeeping Award Winning game that captures the real-world science, technology, and challenges of planetary exploration. XTRONAUT®: The Game of Solar System Exploration is a board game that is easy to learn, and gives 2 – 4 players ages 7 and up the chance to develop space missions, build authentic rocket systems, and explore the solar system. Designed by Professor leading major NASA OSIRIS-REx space mission, the game is fun and engaging, but also exposes players to space science concepts related to planning and undertaking a real space mission — complete with full color education workbook that explains game scientific concepts.

Good Housekeeping Award Winner -- Designed by space-mission experts -- experience the science and thrills of exploring the solar system!

Good Housekeeping Game Award Winner–Best Toy Award Winner 2016! Kickstarter Staff Pick! Planetary Society Approved! Do you have what it takes to put together a space mission and race through the solar system? Identify your mission target and put together the right combination of rocket parts and spacecraft to achieve mission success. Watch out for other players as they confound your attempts to launch your mission by forcing you to wait out a government shutdown, swipe your hardware due to higher national priority, or cancel your mission for their own benefit. Don’t worry – you will recover by receiving surplus funds, using extra parts, or even forging a mutually beneficial collaboration with another player. How do you complete your space mission? Each player selects a Mission Card from the deck. This card determines the player’s mission – the mission destination, type of spacecraft needed, the amount of Delta-V needed to achieve the mission, the potential to obtain gravity assists, and the points earned for completing the mission. Delta-V stands for change in velocity, and as applied to space missions and this game, it means the change in velocity necessary for a spacecraft to complete a selected mission. How do you get Delta-V? Delta-V comes from rocket engines and solid rocket boosters, as well as by flying past certain planets and obtaining a boost, known as a Gravity Assist. After selecting your Mission Card, each player receives five Playing Cards. The Playing Cards provide various components needed to complete a mission, such as spacecraft, rocket stages, fairings (the nose of a rocket that contains the spacecraft during launch), gravity assists, and Action Cards. Each player needs to collect the Playing Cards that give them the right spacecraft, first and second stage rockets, and matching fairings. Gravity assist and solid rocket booster cards are available to provide additional Delta-V if needed to complete the assigned mission. Game play is straightforward. On their turn each player draws a playing card, plays an Action Card, and places a component on their game board. The Action Cards add real-life issues to the game that space missions often encounter – project cancellations, audits, government shutdowns, and other exciting twists and turns. To complete a mission you must populate your game board with the right combination of cards for mission success. Each player needs to collect the Playing Cards that give them the right spacecraft, first and second stage rockets, and matching fairings. Gravity assist and solid rocket booster cards are available to provide additional Delta-V if needed to complete the assigned mission. Once the mission is complete, the player earns the points for the mission, which varies based on the size of the spacecraft and the target, and starts work on their next mission. The first player to score 10 points wins.

Real space science, engineering, and technology in a fun game for the entire family!

We have included a nine-page informational and hands-on workbook with the game. This workbook enhances game play and the educational experience by providing more information about planning a space mission and travelling to asteroid Bennu with the OSIRIS-REx mission. Learn about rocket components, rocket fuel, and picking the best rocket for a mission. At the end, design your own space mission!

Four Boards: Real Launch Sites

Each player has their own board, representing an individual launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base or Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Boards allow players to track their accumulated Delta-V and total points, place their mission card, and collect the right combination of rocket components, spacecraft, and gravity assists to complete their mission.

Multiple Space Vehicles and Rocket Systems

The Game includes four types of rockets inspired by real launch vehicles such as the Falcon 9, Atlas-V, Delta IV, and NASA’s next-generation Space Launch System. Players need to assemble the correct first stage, second stage, left and right fairings, and potential additional boosters and gravity assists to obtain enough delta-V to complete their space exploration mission. Multiple space vehicles, including landers and rovers, provided.

29 Exciting Solar System Space Missions

Game includes 29 Mission Cards to destinations across the Solar System including the Moon, Mars, asteroids, and other exciting mission targets Mission Cards indicate which type of spacecraft is required to complete the mission, the Delta-V required, the planets that could provide a boost though Gravity Assist, and the points earned by completing the mission, which varies depending on the size of the spacecraft.